‘The Heaven’s declare the glory of God … day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.’ These verses from psalm 19 are beautiful but. Are they meaningless? The psalm goes on the say ‘there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.’ I have to admit I haven’t heard their voice. Am I deaf? Blind?
Did I missed something? Yes! In Genesis 1:14 the record says God put the lights in the sky to be signs and for seasons. This means much more than simply Summer through to Spring. There is a story woven somewhere, somehow in the sky. When creation took place, in far fewer years than the billions being mooted, Humanity could see that story. Since the flood of Noah’s time, two things have happened to that story I the stars. One, the Heavens keep expanding. A scientific reality and Biblical testimony (Job 37:18. Isaiah 40:22. 42:5. 44:24. 45:12. 51:13).
It is remarkable the amount of references to the stars in the book of Job. How did he know that his Redeemer lives? That He would stand upon the earth and Job would see Him, even after Job’s death. (Job 19:25-27). Surely, psalm 50:6 sums it up, ‘The Heaven’s proclaim his (God’s) righteousness.’ What a shame the human heart has sullied it. That helps us understand why the Lord God raised up a nation with prophets to record His program and purposes. Even then the contest between God’s revelation and the perverter of Scripture (and the story in the stars) was unrelenting. Still ongoing.
The second is the corruption of the story. It has been turned into the ‘Horoscope’ which I would write as the ‘Horror-scope!’ The account of Babylon’s foundation and history (Genesis 10:6-20. 11:1-9) bear witness to the corruption of God’s story in the sky. Why would anyone or thing want to do that? Because God spelt out His redemptive plan before it was committed to tablet then parchment and books. The spiritual power behind Babylon didn’t like it because it revealed his doom. He wanted to usurp the Messiah and remove God from His throne. Read Isaiah 14:12-15. 47:8)
In Job 38:32 this ‘story in the stars’ is called ‘the Mazzaroth.’ The Study Bible by Bullinger has a whole section on this matter. There is far too much to include in a blog. I’d like to highlight the following: He has recorded the Redeemer’s role. I’ve put alongside it some verses I considered relevant. This story is connected with Israel and the promised Messiah.(The Church, the Body of Christ on earth was the Lord’s surprise and masterstroke, Ephesians 3.Romans 16:25-26)
The 1st book in the story of the stars. The Redeemer’s first coming.
Virgo. The prophecy of the promised seed (Genesis 3:15. Isaiah 7:14.)
Libra. The Redeemer’s work (Matthew 20:28 John 3:14-21.)
Scorpio. The Redeemer’s conflict. (Psalm 91:13. Psalm 22.)
Sagittarius. The prophecy fulfilled. (John 12:31-32. Matthew 27.)
The 2nd book in the story of the stars. The Redeemer’s work and results.
Capricornus. The prophecy of deliverance. (Isaiah 53).
Aquarius. Results of His work given. (Hebrews 1.)
Pisces. The results of His work enjoyed. (Hebrews 2.)
Aries. The promised deliverance fulfilled. (1 Peter 1.)
The 3rd book in the story of the stars. The Redeemer’s second coming.
Taurus. The prophecy of coming Judgement. (John 5:22-30.Revelation 20)
Gemini. The Redeemer’s reign in glory. (Psalm 24. Revelation 21-22)
Cancer. The Redeemer’s possessions are safe. (2 Peter 1.)
Leo. The prophecy of triumph fulfilled. (The Lion of Judah. Revelation 5:5.)
Our faith isn’t in the stars. It is founded upon the Sacred writings Jesus believed in and held as inspired. We stand on the ground Jesus ‘paved’ for His apostles with ‘The Comforter … He shall teach you all things, and bring to remembrance, whatever I have told you.” (John 14:26. 16:7-15).
©Ray Hawkins July 16 2017.